Make Great the Name of the Lord

(Begin with 1-2 minutes of silence)

Luke 1:46-47 “Oh, how my soul praises (magnifies, glorifies) the Lord. How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!”

Luke 1:46-56 is what is traditionally known as the Magnificat as this is the first word in the Latin translation of this passage. It’s Mary’s song of praise after learning that she will be the mother of the Christ. 

Mary begins her song by praising, magnifying, and/or glorifying God. In ancient Greek, the phrase literally means to “Make great” the name of the LORD. But what does it mean to make great the name of the LORD? 

Take a moment to think about how you’ve spent your time, energy, and money over the previous week. How you spend your time, energy, money will reveal what’s most important to you. 

What have you written on social media? How have you spend your time? What have you purchased? The answers may reveal a little bit about what you’re “making great” of in life. 

In what ways will you make great the name of the LORD as you spend time with family and friends this Christmas Season? 

READING & PRAYERS:

     LUKE 1:46-56 (also read the commentary notes in your Study Bible of choice.)

QUESTION: In what ways will you make great the name of the LORD as you spend time with family and friends this Christmas Season?

REAL LIFE PRACTICE: Today, take the opportunity to think of at least one way God’s love has impacted your life and then share that with at least three other people. This is one practical way you can make great the name of the LORD. 

Take a Step: This week, continue to utilize the One Minute Pause app at least twice daily to begin practicing being with God and resting in His presence. The app is free, and is available on iPhone and Android devices. See pauseapp.com for details.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I know that if I really took the opportunity to think it through, I would come up with a list of hundreds of ways Your love has impacted my life. Continue to help me grow into a person who shares Your love with the rest of the world. May Your name be made great! Amen. 

(End with 1-2 minutes of silence)

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